Various Ethernet Solutions

In classic Ethernet, the data link layer is divided in two partial layers:

  • Medium Access Control (MAC): Frame processing during transmission and reception, frame transfer to the LLC layer frame transfer to the LLC layer
  • Logical Link Control (LLC) includes addressing and error checking

Today, Ethernet solutions are also available for metro and terminal areas: Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM), Metro Ethernet and Midband Ethernet are approaches that are interesting for access and city networks. Carrier Ethernet, 40-Gbit Ethernet and 100-Gbit Ethernet solutions (400-Gbit under developing), are used in Wide Area Networks (WAN). These technologies are also used as backplane Ethernet in server systems.

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Ethernet Technology Has Undergone Rapid Development

Ethernet has established itself in all speed and application areas. The IEEE 802.3 working group specifies Ethernet as follows: "Ethernet is a local network. Medium equal terminals are connected with the transmission." A maximum of 256 terminals can be connected per Ethernet segment. The functionality of Ethernet is ensured by a layer model (OSI Reference Model).

Apparently restricted applications can be found in the transmission of time-critical signals, e.g. in internet telephony (VoIP), live video broadcasts and in the industrial sector. Systems with lowest possible latency have been designed for real-time Ethernet and Industrial Ethernet. Ethernet-based technologies with real-time functionality can be found in the production and automation market. Some field-bus systems use Ethernet as a communication infrastructure for the integration of distributed field devices, conditioning modules and control units, called EtherCAT, EtherNet/ IP, Ethernet Powerlink and TTEthernet.

The choice of transmission medium usually depends on the required data rate. Copper cables or fiber-optic cable or WiFi are the most popular. Ethernet as UTSP-Ethernet (Unshielded Twisted Pair Single) can be found in the automotive sector. 

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The offerings of the fabless semiconductor supplier are as follows: Embedded Ethernet, EtherCAT, Industrial Ethernet, Superspeed USB-to-LAN, Embedded Networks and I/O Connectivity products from company Zywyn.

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Johannes Kornfehl is product marketing manager
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NTEL's high-performance processors are the heart of innovative solutions for service providers in the areas of cloud, network, home gateway and mobile - but also for end customers.The connected Home Division aims to transform people’s digital lives with trusted and effortless connected home experiences. As gateway technologies are transforming the home, INTEL targets to make the network faster and smarter. With the help of the cloud, the broadband gateway enables the Internet of Things as well as the smart and connected home.

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Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPS) is amongst the globally leading suppliers in the power-management area. The broad portfolio contains eg DC/DC-converters and -modules, PMICs, battery-management-ICs, current-sensors, AC/DC-converter-ICs, motordrivers as well as angle-sensors and, newly added, even inductors for the DC/DC-converters.  Target markets are mainly industrial, automotive, telecom-infrastructure, cloud-computing and consumer-applications.

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QUALCOMM is an American global fabless semiconductor company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. The company headquarter is located in San Diego, California, United States. Out of the broad portfolio of QUALCOMM´s products, CODICO distributes Bluetooth, GNSS, PLC, Wi-Fi and Ethernet products.

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SILVER TELECOM specialises on developing miniaturized electronic modules. SILVERTEL's product portfolio includes Power over Ethernet acc. to IEEE802.3at/af and IEEE802.3bt, Telephony interfaces, wireless chargers (Qi), LED drivers and battery charging controllers.

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Subcategories of Ethernet

To easily integrate Ethernet into your system

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Physical Layer ICs for ethernet networking equipment

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To connect a large number of stations in a network

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Power transmission over a standard cat 5/6 twisted pair cable

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